A workshop and creative consultation on the politics of capacity and resource sharing

Created and facilitated by Shaista Latif

There is an economy to everything; a cost, a transaction. What we are able to give and to receive is influenced by our individual and collective understandings of class and identity.

Through acts of play and hospitality, multidisciplinary artist Shaista Latif invites workshop participants to reflect on differences of identity and to use these concepts as navigational tools throughout each exercise.

Organizations, students, teachers, artists, and businesses are all invited to participate in this process of exploration aiming to interrogate systems of power, challenge assumptions, and inspire positive reflection and change in our communities.

Greeted by an arrangement of carefully selected items, workshop participants will negotiate their relationship to power through a series of questions and provocations, moving towards intersectional languages of value and care.

Workshops available for groups of 5-40 and run 1.5-3 hours. Workshop subsidy available to qualifying organizations.

To book a workshop or for more information:
taliesin@theatrewhynot.org | theatrewhynot.org

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About Shaista Latif
Shaista Latif is a Queer Afghan-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, consultant and facilitator. Her works have been presented by Koffler Gallery, Ontario Scene Festival, SummerWorks, Why Not Theatre, Blackwood Gallery, Mercer Union, the AGO, Halifax Queer Acts Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and recently the Undercurrents Festival. She is a published playwright (Playwrights Canada Press) and voiced the character Soraya in the Oscar-nominated film The Breadwinner. In 2020, Latif will be touring her critically acclaimed show The Archivist around Ontario. Her latest work Learning the Language of My Enemies was recently presented in conjunction with Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft at the Koffler Gallery.

About Why Not Theatre
Why Not Theatre is an agile, international theatre company based in Toronto, Canada, rooted in the values of innovation, community and collaboration. Our work is inventive, cross-cultural, and reflects our passion for the exploration of difference. We challenge the status quo, by examining what stories are being told, and who is telling them. More than just a theatre company, we develop creative strategies to build a healthier and stronger arts ecology. We MAKE and tour critically-acclaimed and award-winning new work, SHARE resources with other companies and artists to produce and tour their work, and PROVOKE change through new producing models and the presentation of work for new audiences. We are led by a core team of Founding Artistic Director Ravi Jain, Managing Director Owais Lightwala, and Executive Producer Kelly Read.